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Francis Magalona
Francis Michael Durango Magalona[1]

(1964-10-04)October 4, 1964
Manila, Philippines
DiedMarch 6, 2009(2009-03-06) (aged 44)
Pasig, Philippines
Resting placeLoyola Memorial Park, Marikina
Other names
  • Francis M
  • Master Rapper
  • The Man from Manila
  • Kiko
  • The Mouth
  • The Filipino King of Rap
Pia Arroyo
(m. 1985)
Children8, including Maxene, Frank, Saab, and Elmo
Musical career
Years active1984–2009
LabelsOctoArts International Inc. (now PolyEast Records) (1989–1993)
BMG Records (Pilipinas), Inc. (now Sony Music) (1994–2006)

Francis Michael Durango Magalona (October 4, 1964 – March 6, 2009), also known as Francis M., was a Filipino rapper, singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, and entrepreneur. He is regarded as an influential figure in Pinoy hip hop.

Magalona was a son of actors Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. He started as a breakdancer and appeared in the teen comedy film Bagets 2 (1984) and the variety show That's Entertainment (1987) while building his rap career.

His songs "Mga Kababayan", "Man from Manila", "Ito Ang Gusto Ko", "Kabataan Para sa Kinabukasan", "Watawat", "Luv 4 Lyf", and "Lando" (with Gloc-9) have each won the Awit Award for Best Rap Recording, while "Kaleidoscope World" is another notable single. His notable albums include Rap Is FrancisM (1992), FreeMan (1995), Happy Battle (1996), The Oddventures of Mr. Cool (1998), and FreeMan 2 (2000). Magalona also ventured into rock, fronting the band Hardware Syndrome. His music addressed social issues including politics, drug addiction, colonial mentality, and intellectual property rights. In television, Magalona was a presenter for MTV Asia, Channel V Philippines, and the noontime variety show Eat Bulaga! (1997–2009). He was also a judge on Philippine Idol (2006).

Magalona died of leukemia in 2009, aged 44.

Early life and career[edit]

Magalona was born on October 4, 1964. He was named after Saint Francis of Assisi, whose feast day falls on his birthday.[2] He was the eighth of the nine children of actors Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, popular film stars of the 1940s and 1950s.[3] His grandfather, Enrique B. Magalona, served as a senator from 1946 to 1955. Magalona was also a second cousin of Cacai and Regine Velasquez through his mother whose first cousin was Gerardo Velasquez.

For his high school education, he attended the Don Bosco Technical College in Mandaluyong then proceeded to San Beda College in Manila, attending from 1981 to 1984.

Magalona started out as a breakdancer in the 1980s.[3] He was cast in several Filipino movies including Bagets 2 (1984). He was the resident DJ/rapper in the IBC variety show Loveli'Ness.[3]

Music career[edit]

Filipino hip hop and nationalistic rap[edit]

In 1990, he released the album Yo!, the first commercially released Filipino rap album.[4] Yo! included several popular singles such as "Mga Kababayan" (Fellow Countrymen), "Gotta Let 'Cha Know", "Cold Summer Nights", and a duet with Pia Arroyo "Loving You" as the only song that Pia recorded.[citation needed] His tracks feature politically conscious and thought-provoking rhymes in both English and Tagalog, in the style known as Filipino hip hop.

In 1992, Francis Magalona released Rap Is FrancisM (1992). With tracks addressing the various cultural and social problems that plagued his country such as drug addiction in "Mga Praning" (Paranoids), political instability in "Halalan" (Elections) as well as the detrimental effects of a colonial mentality in "Tayo'y Mga Pinoy" (We Are Filipinos), the record's complexity and conscious message quickly earned it its classic status and became the standard by which future albums of the genre were to be compared[citation needed]. This album helped tag Magalona as one of the most politically conscious voices of his generation.[5]

Hardware Syndrome and the merging of rap with Pinoy rock[edit]

The release of his third album, Meron akong ano! (I Got Something!) in 1993 marked the beginning of Magalona's experimentation with Pinoy rock.[3] It also saw the birth of Hardware Syndrome—previously known as Cannabis—the band that would, with Magalona at its helm, introduce the merging of Pinoy rock and rap to the Filipino music audience. Members over the years included musicians Carlo Sison, Francis Villanueva, Niño Mesina, Boyet Aquino, Elmer Blancaflor, Noel Mendez, Perf de Castro, Benjie "Bagets" Mendez, Albert Tamayo, DJ Kimozave, DJ Radikal MK, Otep Concepcion, Kenji Marquez, Jack Rufo, and Wendell Garcia.[6]

Magalona was soon cited for excellence in both genres of music. He collaborated with other notable OPM artists including Andrew E., Joey Ayala, Heber Bartolome of Banyuhay, Ryan Cayabyab, Mike Hanopol of Juan Dela Cruz Band, Michael V., Death Threat, and the band Eraserheads. In the latter part of his career, Magalona worked together with rappers Pikaso, Gloc 9 and the Pinoy rock band Parokya ni Edgar. In 1994, Magalona moved from Octo-Arts EMI Philippines, which had released all of his previous albums, to BMG Records (Pilipinas) Inc. with Musiko Records (is a wholly owned of sub-labels of a BMG Records (Pilipinas) Inc.),[7] the same label as the seminal Pinoy rock group, The Eraserheads.[6]

Freeman was released the following year, 1995, and firmly established Magalona's legitimacy in the Pinoy rock scene. Tracks such as "Three Stars & A Sun", "Kabataan Para Sa Kinabukasan" (Children For The Future), "Suckin' on Helium/Kaleidoscope World" would become defining touchpoints in Magalona's body of work. A track titled "Intellectual Property Rights" would sample a speech by then-president Fidel V. Ramos. Intellectual property rights was an issue that would continue to be an important and very personal advocacy for Magalona.[6][8] "Kaleidoscope World" went on to win 1996 Awit Award for Best Produced Record of the Year, and the 1996 NU 107 Rock Award for Song of the Year. Its music video was directed by the celebrated director/cinematographer Raymond Red[9][10]

Magalona's next album, Happy Battle, was released in 1996.[11][12] The launch for the video-game themed album at the Hard Rock Cafe in Makati was noted by the press for its wide range of influences: aside from fans of Magalona's music, he had showbiz fans and coworkers from Eat Bulaga!, where he had already started hosting; and two sets of Sony PlayStations with giant screens set up so people could play video games while watching the gig. The album was also notable for a number of significant collaborations: "Unstrung Heroes" with Ely Buendia; "Sapot" (Web) with project band Planet Garapata, which included Raimund Marasigan, Jeng Tan, and Mark Lakay, who would later form Sandwich; and "Make Your Move" with pioneer Filipino punk band Betrayed. In keeping with the nationalistic theme in Magalona's work, 1-800-Ninety-Six was written in celebration of the centennial of the Philippine revolution of 1896. "Rainy" won Best Folk song, and the album itself would become the only album to win Best Rock and Best Rap Album at the Katha Awards.[6] When Magalona was diagnosed with leukemia, he and his wife Pia would use the album name "Happy Battle" as a reference to his fight against cancer.[3]

Magalona at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in 2007

Later albums with Sony Music[edit]

The 1998 album The Oddventures of Mr. Cool saw a move from the last two albums' heavy guitar sound and explored mellow, urban-style rapping. It featured the song "Whole Lotta Lovin'", whose music is a sample of the Eraserheads song "Alapaap" (Heaven).[13]

Later albums with BMG (now with Sony Music) would include Interscholastic (1999), which featured adaptations of various artists' songs; and Freeman 2 (2000), which would echo many of the themes that had made the first Freeman album so popular. In 2002, his greatest hits album The Best of FrancisM was released by Musiko Records and BMG Records (Pilipinas) Inc. 2004 in turn saw the release of a single titled "Pambihira Ka" (You're Remarkable).

Independent projects[edit]

In 2002, with the assistance of then FUBU Philippines' management employees Carlo Maniquiz and Nick Tuason, Magalona launched a compilation album of the same name.[14]

Magalona founded his own record company called Red Egg Records, and a production company, Filipino Pictures Inc., where he served as the resident director. Through his production company, Magalona produced and directed music videos for several bands and solo artists such as Ely Buendia. His work on Sponge Cola's "KLSP" won Best Rock Video at the 2006 MYX Video Awards.

Shortly before his death, Magalona collaborated with Ely Buendia and other Filipino artists on an album with the working title The Sickos Project, which was later named as "In Love and War", and released posthumously.[15] Both Francis M. and Ely Buendia were having health problems at that time. The album's carrier single is "Higante" (Giant), which is about illness and strengths. Its music video was released in September 2009.

In an interview, Ely Buendia described himself as a "ticking timebomb" and Francis Magalona as "on borrowed time." The album will include a documentary about Ely and Francis, shot by Magalona's very own production company Filipino Pictures.

Television career[edit]

In addition to co-hosting LoveliNess, Magalona was one of the original members of the youth oriented show That's Entertainment in 1987. He was also a co-host of the noontime variety show Eat Bulaga!. Magalona coined the word Dabarkads as a nickname for the Eat Bulaga! family i.e. the presenters, production team, and fans. Dabarkads is a tadbalik [tl] of the Tagalog word barkada, which means "group of friends".[16]

He was also a VJ for MTV Asia and Channel V Philippines.[5] He was MTV Asia's first Filipino VJ and remained with the network from 1996 to 2000.[citation needed]

He was also known for starring in the second installment of Bagets (1984). In 1997, Magalona played the lead role in the made-for-TV movie Kamada by Raymond Red. The film, a full-length feature shot on 16 mm, received awards from The Philippines Broadcasting Television and Asian TV Awards during the same year.[17]

He was also chosen by Fremantle Media, owners of American Idol as one of the judges of in the first Philippine Idol season that aired on ABC (now TV5).[18] Magalona and his fellow judges Ryan Cayabyab and Pilita Corrales were not retained when the franchise transferred to GMA Network in 2008 with a different title: Pinoy Idol.[citation needed]Aside from television, he also hosted live events and presentations.

Other endeavors[edit]

Magalona wearing clothing his company had designed.

Magalona was a photographer and submitted pictures to magazines for publication. News reports note that he was overjoyed when he was accepted as a member of the Camera Club of the Philippines, and eventually received critical acclaim for his photographs.[3]

Magalona also established a clothing line named FMCC, which stood for "FrancisM Clothing Co." FMCC is sold in stores called "3 Stars & A Sun."

He also started a foundation with Ely Buendia called Heartist Foundation, which aims to help Filipino artists with health and commercial concerns.

Legal issues[edit]

In 2001, Magalona was arrested for alleged possession and use of cannabis whilst inside his vehicle in Quezon City; he was later acquitted of all charges in 2004 when no sufficient evidence was found.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Magalona was introduced by actor Richard Gomez to Pia Arroyo at a party in a disco owned by film director Ishmael Bernal,[21][failed verification] and the couple married in 1985.[22] The couple had eight children, two of whom were Magalona's stepchildren:[23][24] Unna (1983), Nicolo (1984), and television personalities Maxene (1986), Frank (1987), Saab (1988), Elmo (1994), Arkin (1999), and Clara (2000) who entered showbiz to follow their father's footsteps.

On an episode of the YouTube series Pinoy Pawnstars uploaded on October 17, 2023, Abegail Rait, a former flight attendant, claimed to have had a relationship with Magalona and that they have a 15-year-old daughter together.[25][26]


Grave of Francis Magalona and his granddaughter, Luna Isabel Bacarro, daughter of Saab Magalona, at Loyola Memorial Park, Marikina

Magalona was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on August 8, 2008 at The Medical City Ortigas in Pasig. Appealing to the media and the public, Magalona said:

I don't want a media circus, [...] I want privacy with my family. What I'd rather talk about is how we can solicit blood donations to replace the supply that I have consumed in the hospital.

— Francis Magalona, August 2008[27]

After his first treatment and discharge, he made his return on Eat Bulaga! together with Ely Buendia, who had also been recently discharged. His daughter Maxene stated that "He always did what he wanted to do. He never let anyone or anything stop him from doing what he loved to do. He still went to the Camera Club, he still took pictures, every time he was discharged from the hospital, he recorded songs with Ely Buendia. He taught us that life is short but it can be well lived. Don't waste your time in the world."[28]

His wife, Pia, later described her husband's battle with the disease, saying "Francis was a very passionate person. When he was angry, he was very expressive. He would get angry with his cancer. That was his way of coping with it. But he didn't give up. I remembered that he told me, 'I'm going down fighting.'"[29]

On March 6, 2009, at 12 noon, Magalona succumbed to multiple organ failure secondary to septic shock, secondary to pneumonia in the immunocompromised (immediate cause); acute respiratory failure secondary to acute respiratory distress syndrome (antecedent cause); underlying cause: Chronic myelogenous leukemia blast crisis.[30][31] He had undergone several chemotherapy sessions since he was diagnosed the previous year and had been expected to undergo a bone marrow transplantation and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.[31][32][33]

The announcement was first made over Eat Bulaga! through Vic Sotto.[32] News of his death sparked a surge of web traffic to several Philippine news sites, causing a momentary slowdown in their operation.[34] Guests at his wake held at Christ the King Memorial Chapel in Greenmeadows, Quezon City included former president Corazon Aquino (who also died five months after Magalona's passing), along with other politicians and artists who paid tribute to Magalona's contribution to Filipino music and to national pride – the dominant advocacy theme in FrancisM's music.[35] Fans arrived in droves to pay their last respects, some of them making a point to wear shirts from Magalona's FMCC line. Numerous television programs, ranging from noontime variety shows to primetime newscasts and late night news documentaries, paid tribute to Magalona.

He had been slated to appear as a special surprise guest at the Eraserheads' "the Final Set" reunion concert on March 7, 2009. Since he died the day before, the band instead dedicated the concert to Magalona. Buendia rapped the 22-bar portion in "Superproxy" which Magalona wrote,[36] and the concert's penultimate song was the reprise of "Kaleidoscope World."[30]

Magalona was cremated before daybreak at La Funeraria Paz, Quezon City on March 11, 2009. A final Mass was held for him at the Christ the King Parish Greenmeadows later in the morning.[37] Hours later, his ashes were laid to rest at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina, causing traffic to stall in the Marikina Riverbanks area near the park as fans and numerous people from the entertainment industry joined the convoy. The Philippine Army rendered military honors to Magalona in recognition of his patriotism and service as a sergeant in the reserves. His widow, Pia, received the flag draped on his coffin.[38]

Post-death crisis[edit]

Magalona holds up two medals awarded by the Camera Club of the Philippines

The Magalona family was also firm against any attempts to capitalize on FrancisM's death and persona. On March 17, 2009, a group of Filipino expatriates in Dubai, UAE and Saudi Arabia, announced plans to hold tribute concerts where performers will sing his songs, with the proceeds supposedly going to a foundation set up in his honor and to the Philippine Red Cross. Pia and Maxene later came out and denounced the organizers, saying that neither concert had the family's blessings and the foundation did not exist. They particularly admonished the concert organizers for using the Red Cross to attract attendees.[39] Pia also asked the public not to patronize sellers of fake FMCC goods, which started to appear within days of Magalona's death. Their house had been broken into a number of times, the apparent main targets being Magalona's personal items, along with his children's belongings. One of the stolen items was a laptop computer on which unpublished FMCC designs were stored.[40]


Magalona would ultimately be cited not just the "King of Philippine Rap" but also "The Father of Pinoy Hip Hop".[5] Magalona's contributions to the genre have been featured in several international hip hop publications including the All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap and Hip-Hop (2003) published by Backbeat Books; as well as the May 2004 issue of the U.S.-based publication The Source. He was also given the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award by Empire Entertainment at the 1st Annual Philippine Hip-Hop Music Awards in 2005.[41]

Magalona was the recipient of the MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards Generations Award in 2006 "in recognition of his career that has spanned decades and broken boundaries, and for his music which continues to inspire generations of artists and music fans both here and abroad." He was the second person so honored, the first having been singer Gary Valenciano at the 2005 rites.

On March 18, 2009, the Philippine Government – through the efforts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts[42]—recognized Magalona with by awarding him a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit. The award's citation noted that it had been given "for his musical and artistic brilliance, his deep faith in the Filipino and his sense of national pride that continue to inspire us."[43][44]

Several supporters of Magalona launched an online petition to award him, the Order of National Artist, which is the highest recognition for Philippine artists. However, nominations for the National Artist award will have to be done after three years as nominations for the order are closed.[45] His daughter Maxene has indicated that she intends to continue Magalona's projects, including his The Sickos Project album with Buendia, and a documentary about his battle with cancer. The young actress stated: "We will coordinate with the people he had been working with, [...] I understand that Papa is a big part of history."[29]

Magalona was given a tribute during a segment at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena, where three of his songs being rendered by his son Elmo Magalona, who sang "Man From Manila", Iñigo Pascual, who gave a rendition of "Mga Kababayan", and KZ Tandingan, who sang "Tayo'y Mga Pinoy". The said segment in the ceremony showcased the energy of the Filipino people.



OctoArts International (now PolyEast Records)

  • 1989: Francis M. (Extended of Loving You)
  • 1990: Yo!
  • 1990: Mga Kababayan (E.P. Dance Remix)
  • 1990: Gotta Let 'Cha Know (E.P.)
  • 1991: Man from Manila (E.P. Dance Remix)
  • 1992: Rap Is FrancisM
  • 1993: Meron Akong Ano!
  • 1997: Francis M. - OPM Timeless Collection (Gold Series 2)
  • 2001: The Story of Francis M. - (The Ultimate OPM Collection)

BMG Records (Pilipinas), Inc. (now Sony Music Philippines)


  • 2008: F Word


  • "Loving You" (with Pia Arroyo), his debut single[46]
  • "My Only Love" (1989)[46]
  • "Mga Kababayan" (1990)
  • "Ito ang Gusto Ko" (1993, theme from Royal Tru Orange Soda)
  • "Kaleidoscope World" (1995)
  • "Pikon" (1996)[47]
  • "Kabataan Para Sa Kinabukasan" (1996)
  • "Saranggola ni Pepe" (with Andrew E.) (2000)
  • "Here We Go Part 2" (with Dongalo Wreckords, Andrew E. and Carlos Agassi) (2004)
  • "Pambihira Ka" (2004)
  • "Lando" (2005, featuring Gloc9)
  • "Superproxy" (2005, a cover from Eraserheads feat. Ely Buendia)
  • "Bagsakan" (2007, featuring Parokya Ni Edgar & Gloc9)
  • "Higante" (2010, featuring Ely Buendia)



  • Bagets 2 (1984) – Ponce
  • Doctor, Doctor, We Are Sick (1985)
  • Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (1985)
  • Okleng Tokleng (1986)
  • Bukas ng Sabado agi Buka sa Sabitan (1986)
  • Ninja Kids (1986) as Tone
  • Family Tree (1987) as Edwin
  • Kung Aagawin Mo ang Lahat sa Akin (1987)
  • Action Is Not Missing (1987)
  • Hati Tayo sa Magdamag (1988) – Arthur
  • Ang Pumatay ng Dahil sa Iyo (1989)
  • Gumapang Ka sa Lusak (aka Dirty Affair) (1990)
  • Iputok Mo... Dadapa Ako! (Hard to Die) (1990)
  • Pangako ng Puso (1991)
  • Joey Boy Munti, 15 Anyos Ka sa Muntinlupa (1991)
  • Ano Ba 'Yan (1992) – Kiko
  • Boboy Salonga: Batang Tondo (1992)
  • Estribo Gang: The Jinggoy Sese Story (1992) – Elmer
  • Totoy Buang: Mad Killer ng Maynila (1992) – DJ
  • Engkanto (1992) – Uban
  • Mama's Boys (1993)
  • Ano Ba 'Yan 2 (1993) – Kiko
  • Tong-its (1995)
  • Saranggola ni Pepe at Juan (1999) – Juan San Miguel/Juan Tamad
  • Kwentong Kayumanggi (2002) – Narrator – Hundreds Island and the Bravery of Datu Mabiskeg
  • Astigmatism (2004) – Victim 1
  • Anak ni Brocka (2005, his last movie)


  • Vilma in Person (co-host)
  • Loveli Ness (ABS-CBN & IBC) (1987-1990) (co-host)
  • U. F. O. (Urbana, Felisa & Others)
  • Plaza 1899
  • Young Love, Sweet Love (RPN)
  • Mother Studio Presents
  • The Maricel Drama Special (ABS-CBN) (1993)
  • The Sharon Cuneta Show (IBC & ABS-CBN) (1987-1992)
  • Regal Romance (GMA Network)
  • Lovingly Yours, Helen (1986–1996)
  • That's Entertainment
  • Channel V: Sigaw Manila (1995)
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya (1995)
  • Kamada (1997)
  • Music Bureau (ABC)
  • GMA Supershow
  • Mikee
  • Dear Mikee
  • Chibugan Na! (RPN)
  • Spotlight Drama Specials
  • Rap 13 (IBC)
  • SOP (GMA Network)
  • GMA Telecine Specials
  • MTV's Life's a Beach
  • MTV Talk
  • GMA Love Stories
  • GMA Mini Series
  • The Manager: Eat Bulaga Special (2003)
  • Show Ko 'To (2004)
  • Myx Live (2005)
  • Bubble Gang (2005)
  • Fam Jam (QTV, 2005–2006)
  • True Love: Eat Bulaga Special (2005)
  • A Telefantastic Christmas: The GMA All-Star Special (2005)
  • Maynila (2008)
  • Eat Bulaga! (GMA, 1997-2009; his death, final TV show)
  • Balikbayan (QTV, 2009)
  • Student Canteen (1984-1986)
  • Philippine Idol (ABC "now TV5", 2006) "Judge"
  • MTV Pilipinas Music Video Award 2006

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award-giving body Category Nominated work Results
1991 4th Awit Awards Best Dance Recording "Mga Kababayan" Won[48]
Best Rap Recording "Mga Kababayan" Won[48]
1992 5th Awit Awards Best Rap Recording "Man from Manila" Won[48]
DM 95.5 FM 1st Pinoy Music Award Best Rap Recording "Man from Manila" Won[49]
1994 7th Awit Awards Best Rap Recording "Ito ang Gusto Ko" Won[48]
1996 RX 93.1 Year End Countdown Male Solo Performance of the Year "Lab Song" Won[50]
9th Awit Awards Best Produced Song of the Year "Kaleidoscope World" Won[48]
Best Rap Recording "Kabataan Para sa Kinabukasan" Won[48]
1997 10th Awit Awards Best Folk Pop Song Recording "Rainy" Won[51]
RX 93.1 Year End Countdown Male Solo Performance of the Year "Girl Be Mine" Won[52]
1998 11th Awit Awards Album of the Year Happy Battle Won[48]
"RX 93.1 Year-End Awards for OPM artists" Male Solo Artist of the Year Won[53]
"Nu Rock Awards" Best Music Video "Whole Lotta Lovin'" Nominated[54]
Best Album Packaging The Oddventures of Mr. Cool Nominated[54]
Vocalist of the Year Nominated[54]
1999 "RX 93.1 Year-End Awards for OPM artists" Male Solo Artist of the Year Won[55]
MTV Philippines Music Awards Favorite Group Video "Whole Lotta Lovin" Nominated[56]
2000 13th Awit Awards Best Rap Recording "Watawat" Won[48]
2001 14th Awit Awards Best Rap Recording "Luv 4 Lyf" Won[48]
MTV Pilipinas Music Award Favorite Male Video "Luv 4 Lyf" Nominated[57]
2005 18th Awit Awards Best Rap Recording "Pambihira Ka Pinoy" Nominated[58]
2006 MYX Music Awards Favorite Collaboration "Koro" with Greyhoundz and Gloc9 Nominated[59]
19th Awit Awards Best Engineered Recording "Superproxy 2k6" Won[48]
2007 MYX Music Awards Favorite Collaboration "Superproxy 2k6" with Ely Buendia Nominated[60]
"Umaasa" with 6cyclemind Nominated[60]
2008 21st Awit Awards Best Rap Recording "Lando" with Gloc-9 Won
Best Performance by a Duet "Lando" with Gloc-9 Nominated
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Outstanding/Special Merit Award for Music(Posthumous Award) Won[61]
MYX Music Awards Favorite Collaboration "Lando" with Gloc-9 Nominated[62]
Favorite Urban Video "Lando" with Gloc-9 Nominated[62]
2009 Eastwood City Walk of Fame Celebrity Inductee(Posthumous) Hip Hop Performer, actor, TV Host, Endorser Won
NU Rock Awards Hall of Fame Inductee Won[63]
2010 NU Rock Awards Artist of the Year Magalona and Ely Buendia Nominated
Album of the Year In Love and War (with Ely Buendia) Nominated
Song of the Year "Higante" (with Ely Buendia) Nominated
Producer of the Year In Love and War (with Ely Buendia) Won[64]
2020 Myx Music Awards 2020 Myx Magna Award Won


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